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Stargazer McCabe

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  1. If you may want to use the mount as a travel mount, the "traveveller" is obviously the only option. If, however, packing the mount into hand luggage isn't a requirement (and having both isn't an option) I'd always go for the AYO II. I've used that with my 8" EdgeHD one side and a large refractor the other. "Reassuringly sturdy" !! Encoders are also a wonderful addition to them both... Enjoy whichever you opt for...
  2. Without wishing to sound like a politician hedging his bets; "That depends"... Weight and smoothness wouldn't be a problem I don't think. I have used it with my Tak with a 2" diagonal and 100* eyepieces on occasions and it acquitted itself well. If the Binoviewers are heavy, like the Leica or Maxbrights, and you're loading them with heavy eyepieces, you may find yourself having to work out the balance carefully, but then again that would be the same with most mounts. The only difference being that if I get balance and clutches wrong on my AYO II, it merely swings down (I use a pillar) missing anything to damage the scope or eyepieces depending on which end is heaviest. If you're confident of getting balance and clutches right the Traveller is a great mount. Particularly with the encoders Serge can provide...
  3. I really can't keep up with all this buying, selling, swapping and upgrading... It's not 'which day of the week is it ?' it's 'what hour of the day is it !!!' Can you use one of the cells Teleskop Express sell and use your own mirror ?
  4. No, if you ask nicely he will still help you. His wife was poorly a while back and he thought about stopping because of that. But didn't if you contacted him and he had the time / inclination...
  5. Neil I have used Denis and have sent Leica and WO Binoviewers to him for service. I have his email address if you want it. PM me if it's a route you want to explore and I'll send you his email privately if you haven't found it from elsewhere Simon
  6. I bought mine after having a cuppa with a friend of mine, Es Reid. One afternoon we were discussing planetary observing (before lockdown brought a stop to our regular face to face natters) and he asked whether I used one. When I confessed that I didn't he explained what a considerable difference he felt his had made to his observing through a number of telescopes and from a number of locations. Given his eminently more qualified eyes and his opinion that he wouldn't observe the planets without it now, I bought my own and can also appreciate the difference they make...
  7. If I had a pound for every time you have asked this question Martin I'd be able to buy you whatever you wanted Hope you finally resolve your conundrum one day
  8. Vamo works wonderfully when travelling. Packs down nicely and handles the Tak FC-100 DF easily. At home I prefer the AYO II we have as I use a 2" diagonal and eyepieces at home and often an 8" EdgeHD SCT on the other side. it's not really a review, but here's how we travel...
  9. The Original Poster hasn’t visited since December 2019 if you check his profile... Don’t hold your breath while awaiting his reply...
  10. Something like a Giro Ercole Mini would be perfect for that...
  11. Seek and ye shall find... https://www.nipon-scope.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=47&products_id=275
  12. To be clear, there's no other option for Reflector users with a scope like yours to observe the sun other than using the solar film. The way you are going about it is your only option... Don't change anything. It will do as you predict to your scope and worse to your eyes... The wedge being described here is for refractors.
  13. The silence of an encoded push to counts for a lot... As does having a visual display of the sky on the connected phone or tablet. The number of objects we have stopped and observed after seeing it on the display while "pushing" from one object to another is considerable... We no longer use our AVX because of the above two reasons. All our scopes now sit on push to encoder equipped mounts, even when we're travelling...
  14. I have a 28mm Explore Scientific MaxVision 68 degree. Boxed and capped and in perfect condition. Only reason it deserves a new home is due to the purchase of a 30mm 82 degree...
  15. Stu, Heidi refers to “another”. Could you have witnessed the after effects of one of the earlier “others” ?
  16. Morning @Stu Having read your thread earlier this week I noticed this on my Twitter feed today. Could the two be related as Heidi does refer to “another” ? The link to the animation is below the photo and looks a similar place to your narrative although I think the date doesn’t tally ?
  17. Give Steve Collingwood a call or email http://sctelescopes.com/
  18. No. It cannot make a conventional telescope a "solar scope" on its own. Lunt Solar is the Manufacturer. It is a zoom Lunt brought out that they say is optimised for the focal lengths of their solar scopes. Although it doesn't have to be solely deployed on Lunt equipment. However, this is like a conventional eyepiece and would need to be used with a Solar Filter, be that white light or hydrogen alpha or the like...
  19. Mine’s durable. It’s been in a backpack to Namibia, Zambia and La Palma numerous times. Never had a problem with it despite being up in over head bins and on rough African Dirt Roads...
  20. The FC100 DC or DF is a Steinheil design doublet. When there is a reference to "rear" it refers to the Flourite Element which is now the second (or internal) element. The Flourite Element used to be on the front (outside) element I believe... It is not a Petzval design. There is no lens at the "focuser end of the tube"...
  21. Martin, I had one. Capable mount, but I really didn't get on with it. I sold it. And the guy that bought mine sold it too... And it wasn't because the mount in question was suspect... It wasn't smooth when moving it manually and when using it in automated mode it was nowhere near as pleasant to use as other mounts. It does a job. Reasonably well. But it's functional rather than a pleasure to use...
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